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Affordable, clean self-catering apartments in the heart of Bruges

  • Mar 3, 2011
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Two adult family members and I stayed at the House of Seasons for a two-night getaway last month. We chose the Mistral apartment; it is the smallest in the building but offers a fantastic view of the famous Bruges belfry from the balcony.

The Mistral has two bedrooms - one with a queen size bed on the main floor, and two smaller beds located in the loft upstairs. The apartment was spacious and very clean. There are a couple of comfortable couches in the main room, and a flat panel TV with multiple channels in Dutch, French, and English. In the kitchen there is a table for dining. There are two bathrooms - one full with shower, and one half. Parking was around the corner at the underground garage, and we were given parking vouchers as part of our stay. The building itself is very safe and secure. There is an elevator in the building, so no need to lug your baggage up the stairs.

One of the main attractions about staying here was the kitchen. Silverware, plates, glasses and some cookware are provided. There is a coffeemaker that uses "pods", a stove top, and a microwave. There is also a small dishwasher, and dishwasher tablets and dish soap are provided. Note that the nearest grocery store closes rather early, at 6 pm. There is a convenience store about a block away that sells some prepackaged foods, and there are others that are not a far walk from there. Many restaurants are willing to provide takeaway meals - just ask.

Walking to main attractions from the apartment was quick and easy. The walk to the main square took about ten minutes.

The cost of the Mistral per night was 220 euros, but we visited during the off season, so expect prices to be higher in the peak season. Overall, our experience at House of Seasons was nearly perfect. One problem we had with our stay was the noise coming from the street below at night while we were trying to sleep. It sounded like there was a nightclub or bar that stayed open very late, and we heard what sounded like drunken revelry into the early morning. With that in mind, take a good pair of earplugs! Also, note that when punching in the security code, you must push the "bell" button after the numbers. This caused a lot of confusion for our party, but fortunately a resident or guest eventually opened the door and explained this to us.

*There are many lovely photos of the apartment interior that are better than mine on the House of Seasons web site, so I have just shared the views from the balcony of the belfry and the courtyard.
View of the belfry from the balcony - Mistral apt. Courtyard below the balcony - Mistral apt.

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March 03, 2011
I love staying in vacation rentals or apartments when I'm traveling since you are given the convenience of home and it's usually much more comfy! This sounds like a great place to stay and thanks for all the tips.
 
March 03, 2011
Good tips! Earplugs can be a lifesaver:) This sounds like a great accomodation. It's nice to have access to a kitchen, so you can make your own meals. This would be a huge money saving perk and definitely helpful when traveling with a group. Glad you had a great trip!
March 03, 2011
Yes, I have been leaning more toward self-catering for two reasons: 1) It's just cheaper to buy food at the store and prepare it in your room; and 2) restaurant food quality can be variable, especially in touristy locales. Plus it can be a fun cultural experience to go grocery shopping with the locals :)
 
March 03, 2011
Oooooh, I like the sound of the amenities provided, as well as the location! Thanks for sharing this great review and all those helpful tips :)
 
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Address: Sint-Jansplein 6, 8000 Bruges, Belgium
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